Course Descriptions


Art (ART) Courses

ART 100 Art History: Prehistory to Middle Ages (3-0) 3 credits

A study of the history of the creative process and artistic expression from prehistoric art to the middle ages. Topics may include the art and architecture of Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. This course may be taken to fulfill either a humanities or social science elective. This course carries SUNY General Education Humanities and The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 101 Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (3-0) 3 credits

A study of the history of the creative process and artistic expression from the Renaissance to the present. Topics may include Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, and modern art. This course may be taken to fulfill either a humanities or social science elective. This course carries SUNY General Education Humanities and The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 102 Foundation Drawing I (4-0) 3 credits

This course give students an introduction to all the basic skills of observation, free-hand drawing and critique. It is a foundation for all studio courses. Craftsmanship and development of techniques in a variety of media is demonstrated through the creative process. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 103 Foundation Drawing II (4-0) 3 credits

In this course, students will continue to hone their developing skills of observation, freehand drawing and critique. Students will be introduced to more complex media techniques, color and design. Prerequisite: ART 102.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 104 Design I (4-0) 3 credits

In this course students will understand and use two-dimensional design in the creation of a physical product in order to communicate verbally and visually. Students will develop ways to persevere through giving and receiving critical feedback as part of the creative process. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 105 Design II (4-0) 3 credits

In this course students will understand and use three-dimensional design in the creation of a physical product in order to communicate verbally and visually. Students will develop ways to persevere through giving and receiving critical feedback to use as positive tools within the creative process. Prerequisite: ART 104.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 106 Ceramics I (4-0) 3 credits

A study of the basic techniques of ceramic materials, including pinch, coil and slab building, wheel throwing, firing and glazing. Ceramics as an art form with an emphasis on design and function.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 109 Art Portal (2-0) 2 credits

This first year seminar course is designed to introduce Fine Art and Graphic Design students to the basic ideas and concepts of what it means to be an artist and or designer. Students will develop a plan for developing a portfolio prior to graduation. Basic Macintosh computer skills, an introduction to college computing, individualized student support, college survival skills, and career planning will also be included in the course.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 110 Digital Photography (4-0) 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an introduction to digital photography and will cover the creative process and appreciation of methods of artistic expression through projects and exercises. The course will cover the parts of the camera and how they are used, technical and practical aspects of the digital camera, the composition of photographs using principles of art, critical analysis of photographs through peer critique and the study of notable artists, the use of image editing software and editing and manipulating photographs, and output options. The class will also cover basic techniques for improving picture quality. (Also listed as DIG 110) This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 115 Computer Imaging (4-0) 3 credits

Students get an in-depth look at image-making from the perspective of creating art using vector based and pixel based programs. Students express themselves from brainstorming through to thumbnail sketches. Students get comfortable in a desktop environment and are taught best practice for file directory building and selection of applications appropriate to the project being created. Students develop a practice using the tools necessary for a graphic designer including scanning, printing, image manipulation, vector drawing and the preparation of files for presentation. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 116 Computer Publishing (4-0) 3 credits

Students are introduced to the idea of using a computer as a means of creating and sharing visual content. Print and digital publishing are explored. Students are exposed to the considerations inherent to the process of creating published communications. Attention is focused on proper use of color, typography, and image preparation. Students are also exposed to best practices in presenting work digitally and in print. Focus is placed on professional presentation of deliverable publications. Prerequisite: ART 115.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 125 A Global Introduction to Art (3-0) 3 credits

This is an introductory, General Education course designed for the non-art major. This course provides a framework and language for describing, interpreting, and appreciating art. It explores fundamental questions associated with art across diverse cultures (western and non-western) and throughout history. For example, we consider what art is, why we make art, the art making process, and the ways in which art reflects its cultural and historical moment. Topics are approached thematically rather than chronologically, and content is presented through lectures, discussion, hands-on studio exercises, and student group work and presentations. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 200 Figure Drawing I (4-0) 3 credits

Representation and dynamic drawing of human figure based on observation of organic relationship, gestures, action, motion and rhythm. Prerequisite: ART 103.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 201 Figure Drawing II (4-0) 3 credits

A continuation of Art 200. Drawing from figures to develop proportion, structure, gesture, movement and composition in various media. Prerequisite: ART 200.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 202 Painting I (3-3) 3 credits

In this course students will have an introduction to the medium of oil paint, using still life and portraiture as the basis for the study of color and form. Prerequisites: ART 102, ART 103.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 204 Painting II (3-3) 3 credits

In this course students will continue to use oil paint as the primary medium, but the focus will be primarily on developing a personal approach to thematic content. Students will establish their visual vocabulary and strengthen their oral communication skills through interaction with their colleagues and the instructor. Prerequisite: ART 202.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 205 Modeling and Sculpture (6-0) 3 credits

An introductory examination of the materials and processes used in creating three-dimensional objects. The techniques of modeling with plasteline, plaster and wire along with casting in plaster and bronze will be covered. An introduction to 3D printing technology will be included. Subjects will range from portraiture to abstraction. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 104  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 206 Modeling and Sculpture II (4-0) 3 credits

A continuation of ART 205, with an emphasis on individual student projects. Students will further an understanding of three-dimensional form by working with different processes and media such as: woodworking, welding, carving and casting in bronze. Prerequisite: ART 205.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 209 Printmaking (6-0) 3 credits

An introductory survey of the materials and processes used in the production of multiple fine arts prints. Basic techniques of relief, collagraph, intaglio and screen printing will be explored from both traditional and contemporary aspects. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 104.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 212 Ceramics II (4-0) 3 credits

A continuation of ART 106. The course will introduce the student to more challenging techniques and processes, expanding the scope and dimension of previously learned material. Prerequisite: ART 106.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 213 History of American Art (3-0) 3 credits

A survey of American art and architecture from the colonial period to the present. This course carries SUNY General Education The Arts credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 215 Graphic Design I (3-3) 3 credits

Students are exposed to the different stages of the process of developing visual communication, from research and development on through to reflection and refinement. The practice of documenting the creative process and honing presentation skills will be emphasized. Students apply and explore design principles as they take on design challenges and experiment with the development of their own style. Priority is placed on understanding typography, color, image manipulation and audience in the development of a successful visual solution to communicate a vision. Prerequisite: ART 105.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 216 Graphic Design II (3-3) 3 credits

Students will develop new work based on design challenges while reworking and refining previous works. There is a focus on preparing solutions for an audience with an understanding of the language appropriate for professional communication in the graphic design field. Students will then practice visual and verbal presentation techniques. The course culminates in the development of a graphics portfolio for entry into the job market or the next level of education. Prerequisite: ART 215.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 218 Advanced Digital Photography Methods (3-3) 3 credits

This course offers advanced photographic instruction for those with experience in digital photography. It expands upon the skills related to the capture, editing and printing of digital images. Emphasis will be on artistic expression, conceptual development and style through the use of digital technology. Prerequisite: ART/DIG 110.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 220 Graphic Illustration (4-0) 3 credits

Students are challenged with exploring various mediums to communicate a message visually. Emphasis is on drawing and development of imagery based on references. Students develop solutions based on clients’ needs.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 221 Advanced Drawing (4-0) 3 credits

This course will emphasize the development of students' visual vocabulary and more personal approaches to media, techniques, and thematic content. This course will be offered in the fall semester. Prerequisite: ART 103.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 222 Design for the Web (4-0) 3 credits

The course will offer students a comprehensive understanding of design issues related to web site planning and creation. Students will explore methods of multimedia design and production. While developing a basic technical understanding of this technology, students will focus on visual and informational issues. Prerequisite: ART 115, ART 215.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 223 Women in Art (3-0) 3 credits

A survey of the work of women painters, sculptors, architects, designers, photographers, and craftspersons from earliest times to the present. Woman as image in the visual arts will also be examined as it relates to her role in society. Prerequisites (for art students): ART 100, ART 101.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 250 Graphic Design Internship 3 credits

The Internship provides a hands-on work experience for the Graphic Design student in a professional work environment. A minimum of 120 work hours will be required. Students will be required to enter into an internship contract, complete an orientation, and submit a portfolio and written report at the conclusion of the work experience. Prerequisite: ART 215, instructor approval and a minimum GPA of 2.5. (Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade).  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


ART 251 Portfolio Prep (2-0) 1 credit

In this course students will foster their role as a participant in the creative community in the form of a finished professional portfolio and related materials relevant to college transfer and career opportunities. Prerequisite: ART 103, ART 109  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF